Non-traditional Automotive Seat Motion Technologies

Request Number N484277
Need details

IncWell's partner is interested in replacing currently used actuatation motors in automotive seating applications with innovative new approaches.



Powered seat adjustments were first introduced in the late 1940s. There are typically 5 (or more) motors per seat and deliver the needed high speed and torque for seat motion. The placement of motors is dictated by instances of availability of packaging space. As a result, they can frequently be spaced out over the seat structure. Typical motor applications are 3 units in a 6-way power track, one for the seat recliner, and 1-2 for a back lumbar system.


IncWell's partner is seeking alternate ways seat actuation and movement can be accomplished, all with the aim of reducing cost and maintaining performance.


Key Success Criteria
  • Must be able to actuate and move seat
    • Unoccupied and
    • Occupied
    • speed performance must be at least equal to motor designs
  • Must pass standard life cycle durability evaluations
    • life cycle performance must be at least equal to motor designs
  • Anticipated target cost at volume:
    • $3 per seat motion unit
Possible Approaches

IncWell's partner is interested in innovative and cost-effective methods to achieve seat motion, including non-traditional ways such as:

  • pneumatic drive 
  • hydraulic drive
  • mixed spring motor solutions
  • manual with spring assist configurations
  • windup mechanism like a clock


Approaches not of interest
  • Miniature motors
  • High RPM motors
  • High voltage motor configurations
  • Single motor systems with drive cables and transmissions to select the motion to be actuated


Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Technology Licensing
  • Supply Agreement
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

When responding to this request, please be sure to provide a non-confidential description of the technology or solution you propose along with information regarding your alignment with the Key Success Criteria as well as your desired business relationship with IncWell's partner.


Point of Contact
Jonathan Jakischa
Area of Interest
  • Commercial & Industrial Design
  • Electronics & Electronic Components
  • Electrical Products
  • Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing & Fabrication
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers
Due Date
January 15, 2018
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